KARACHI - The PML-N Sindh has alleged that corruption is rampant in the Sindh Information Department and the provincial information minister is committing contempt of court by holding interviews for the posts of the information officers in the department.

PML-N Sindh leader Nehal Hashmi while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Tuesday said that Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken suo moto notice of direct recruitment of information officers in the information department.

He said that the despite the notice taken by the apex judiciary, the Sindh information minister conducted the interviews on Tuesday, which was contempt of court.

He alleged that information ministry of Sindh government issued the advertisement in return of kickbacks. He claimed that the Sindh Information Ministry, which has budget of Rs400 million in the current year but it has issued advertisements of over one billion rupees, which is pre-poll rigging and corruption.

He added that the Sindh Information department is defaulter of print and electronic media in terms of advertisements issued to them, besides corruption is rampant in the department.

He alleged that the internal audit of the information department is still pending since five years, as current minister is involved in embezzlement in the department.

He claimed that the performance of the Punjab government is better than Sindh and federal governments.

To a question, he said that PML-N Sindh was against the Kalabagh Dam, which he believed against the sovereignty of the Pakistan.

PPP MOST ’POPULAR’: Pakistan Peoples Party has its strong roots among the masses hence anti government rallies and meetings can cast no dent to its popularity, said Sindh Minister for Revenue, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dhar.

Meeting people from different walks of life at his office on Tuesday the minister said freedom of expression is the basic right of people, however, baseless allegations and foul language must be avoided.

The minister said that opponents specially PML-N and smaller parties in Sindh can nominate their candidates during next polls yet must not forget that they hold no chance to win against PPP.

“PPP philosophy is based on the principles of equity, equality and democracy,” said the minister adding that it is also the party of martyrs.

“Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had laid their lives for democracy and for the PPP itself,” said Jam Mehtab Hussain.

He said despite all sorts of attempts to dismantle the party and its workers, PPP stands united under the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

He reiterated that meeting and rallies are part of democratic culture, however, these must not create law and order situation.

The Sindh Minister for Revenue also said PPP’s stance about Kalabagh dam was very clear and attempts to raise a dead issue was nothing but to insult public mandate, particularly of those from smaller provinces of the country.